Dustin Higgs giustiziato meno di una settimana prima del giorno dell'inaugurazione

Dustin John Higgs è stato giustiziato nelle prime ore di sabato mattina diventando il 13 ° e ultimo condannato a morte federale ad essere giustiziato da quando il Dipartimento di Giustizia ha riavviato le esecuzioni federali a luglio 2019. He had been convicted of kidnapping and murdering three women in 1996.

Higgsvictims were Tamika Black, 19; Tanji Jackson, 21; and Mishann Chinn, 23.
Higgsexecution went forward despite his attorney, Shawn Nolan’s appeal to delay the proceeding because of Higgs’ Diagnosi di Covid-19. Nolan also argued that Higgs was unfairly sentenced since the gunman is serving a life sentence.
Higgsexecution was initially scheduled for the 92nd birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
King’s oldest son, Martin Luther King III, wrote an op-ed on Thursday in The Washington Post calling for the end to executions by invoking his father’s words from 1957 when asked if God approves of the death penalty. “I do not think that God approves the death penalty for any crimecapital punishment is against the better judgment of modern criminology and, soprattutto, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God,” Ha detto King.

The Crime

A gennaio 1996, Higgs and two friends drove to Washington to pick up Black, Jackson, and Chinn, whom Higgs had invited to his apartment in Laurel, Maryland, secondo una dichiarazione del Dipartimento di Giustizia. At the apartment, Jackson rebuffed an advance by Higgs and the women left. Higgs offered the women a ride back to Washington but instead drove to a secluded area in the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.
He ordered the women out of the vehicle, gave a gun to one of the friends, e detto, “better make sure they’re dead.The other man shot Black and Jackson in the chest and back, and shot Chinn in the back of the head, killing all three women, diceva la dichiarazione.
Nel 2000, a Maryland jury found Higgs guilty of numerous federal offenses, including three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, and three counts of kidnapping resulting in death, and unanimously recommended nine death sentences, which the court imposed, diceva la dichiarazione.
Higgsconvictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal nearly 17 anni fa, and his initial round of collateral challenges failed nearly eight years ago, la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.

Biden’s take on the death penalty

Attorney General William Barr resumed federal executions in July 2019 after a 17-year hiatus to bringjustice to victims of the most horrific crimes.The federal government has authorized the executions of 13 federal death row inmates in about six months. While executions are carried out every year on the state level, federal executions have been extremely rare until last year.
The Biden campaign has spoken out against the federal death penalty, due in part to the amount of wrongfully convicted inmates who have been given these sentences.
While President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to abolish the federal death penalty and to give incentives to states to stop seeking death sentences as a part of his criminal justice plan, 40 members of Congress want to make sure the practice ends on his first day in office.

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